Book in advance
The studios get booked up far in advance. In order to make the most of your time book an early slot. We went for a 9am slot. You need to arrive 20 mins early to get past the security, tickets etc. I was really impressed with how the whole process was organised. It is so smoothly run! Everything was really efficient. Parking is free onsite. We booked a 9am slot on a Sunday. I would recommend arriving earlier as it got busier as the day goes on. Make sure you get to the studios before your slot as you need to collect your tickets and there is also some security. The tour lasted about three hours for us. We got some lovely pictures which were £10 each. I decided this was a good thing to buy and a book. We had been to the primark on Oxford Street the day before where there is a Harry Potter themed shop. This was a good way to have a memory of the day without spending too much.
Where to stay when visiting Harry Potter Studio Tours
We stayed at the premier inn in Kings Langley. It’s a fairly modern premier inn and close to the studios by car. Parking is free and it was a handy base. Again you get a better deal the earlier you book. We added breakfast in to the booking which was fairly standard but it was nice not to have to go out. Breakfast starts at 7:00, this gave us plenty of time to eat and get to the tours for the 9:00 tour. The journey from the hotel to the studios was really easy, well signposted and took about 10 minutes.
The hotel has a Miller and Carter restaurant next door which was full on the Saturday night so worth booking. The food was reasonable and service good. There is also a fish and chip shop a short walk away. The car park to the hotel and restaurant was quite full but we managed to get parked in the front of the hotel. I think there must be more parking around the side.
Make a weekend of it
As we were travelling down from York we decided that it would be nice to make a weekend of the trip. We stayed for two nights and spent the Saturday exploring London before going to the studios on the Sunday.
The train from Kings Langley to Euston was £33 for the three of us with a railcard and included the tube. It was walkable from the hotel and the trains run every half an hour.